By Beaven Dhliwayo.
Harare. (News Of The South) – Parliament of Zimbabwe is in dilemma following the recent High Court ruling which ruled an application by Mr Nelson Chamisa seeking to bar his rival Dr Thokozani Khupe’s faction from using the MDC-T name and logo as not urgent.
Earlier the MDC-T led by Chamisa wrote to the Speaker of Parliament in terms of section 129(1)(k) of the Constitution, informing the House that Khupe was no longer a member of the opposition party.
The fallout between Khupe and Chamisa became rife following the death of the founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai with Chamisa’s faction pushing the High Court to stop former deputy president Dr Khupe from using the name MDC-T and its party logo.
Dr Khupe, who was the MDC-T Proportional Representation Member of Parliament, was expelled from the august House after controversially installed MDC-T leader Pastor Chamisa wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, claiming that she no longer represented the opposition party’s interests.
Reuben Marumahoko, who was the acting Speaker announced her recall from Parliament.
He said MDC-T had written to the Speaker in terms of section 129(1)(k) of the Constitution, informing the House that Khupe was no longer a member of the opposition party.
“Section 129(1)(k) of the constitution provides that a seat of an MP becomes vacant if the MP has ceased to belong to the political party of which he or she was MP when elected in Parliament, and the party concerned by written notice to the Speaker or President of Senate has declared that the MP has ceased to belong to the party,” he said.
“A proportional representation vacancy has, therefore, arisen in Bulawayo Metropolitan and necessary administrative measures will be taken to inform the President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in terms of section 39(I) of the Electoral Act as amended.”
However, Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Francis Bere threw out the application by Chamisa to force Khupe to stop using party name and logo for lack of merit.
Up to this day Khupe still insists that she is the bona fide MDC-T leader since she was elected party vice president at congress, while the other two — Mr Chamisa and Engineer Elias Mudzuri — were hand-picked by Tsvangirai.
Parliament was haste to recall Khupe as the case against the two was raging in the courts of law.
Some sections of the society said Parliament should have taken things slowly without taking sides in the battle on-going in the opposition party.
One reader known just as Eliasha commented on a story in Newsday Zimbabwe of April 13, saying, “…so parliament has endorsed Chamisa as the defacto MDC-T head very interesting developments”, with one named John reiterating, “just as they endorsed ED as president.”
Contacted for comment on Parly’s position following the High ruling in favour of Khupe, Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda said they have nothing to do with the skirmishes plaguing the MDC-T.
“We don’t have a comment on that!” he said.
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